A Sensible Approach for a Change
The ban on non-drug industrial hemp farming in the United States is just one side effect of the out-of-control War on Drugs. Dr. Bronner’s has imported hemp oil for its soaps for over a decade, and we understand the economic potential that hemp holds. We strongly support a more compassionate approach to drug policy reform in general, one that treats addiction to hard drugs as a health problem like alcoholism, where addicts are not locked up in jail but instead are provided the treatment they need to beat their addictions.
We believe that much of the harm commonly attributed to “drugs” is really the result of criminalizing the use and abuse of drugs, which can ruin the lives of otherwise law-abiding, non-violent citizens and hands massive profits to violent criminal syndicates operating in the black market. The global Drug War has fueled violence, civil instability and public health crises, and current “arrest-and-punish” approaches toward drug control are racist and unjust. We support criminal justice and sentencing reform, harm reduction practices such as needle exchange programs for hardcore addicts to prevent the spread of diseases, and the demilitarization of U.S.-driven drug policies in Latin America and other regions, as well as on the U.S. borders.
We also support a safe, legal, well-regulated market for marijuana and the responsible integration of psychedelic medicines into our global culture. In fact, Dr. Bronner’s donated more than $100,000 to the 2012 state voter initiatives in both Colorado and Washington that have resulted in the safe and legal regulation of Cannabis products in those states.
Please check out some of the organizations we support who are doing this important work to reform our national drug policies.